You Want Jobs? Agriculture Has Them!

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American farms are struggling to attract workers, according to reports out last week. Farmers have jobs, but no applicants – and they concede that the problem is only getting worse as innovation in alternative fuels like ethanol and biodiesel, as well as growing demand for the materials necessary to make plant-based renewable plastic pushes up demand for their products to the point that there are thousands of jobs waiting to be filled.

With green jobs growth out-pacing literally every other US industry, this is a serious problem. “We certainly have a shortfall, no doubt about it,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the Agriculture Department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Ramaswamy added that while there has been an increase in the number of students enrolled in agriculture at US universities, “that’s not been enough to keep up with the demand (read: jobs) that we’ve got in the workforce.”

So, for those of you keeping score, that’s the Keystone pipeline promising a bunch of jobs that many experts – and even our President! – claim won’t materialize, and literally thousands of permanent jobs waiting to be filled that were created by green businesses, agriculture, and alternative fuels.

Granted, some of the agra fuel growth is being pushed by increased food demands as the population increases, but that same growing population needs fuel, and more and more people are proving to be more intelligent than the f***wits who believe what big oil tells them and driving up demand for alt-fuels, even as demand for crude oil is threatening to dry up.

Remember that score when you’re voting next November, kids.

 

Source: USA Today.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.